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Binge drinking promotions banned



Binge drinking promotions banned
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17-Point Brisbane City Safety Action Plan

A ban on promotions that encourage excessive drinking in late trading licensed premises in Brisbane takes effect from midnight on Thursday.

Liquor Licensing Minister Margaret Keech said amendments to the Liquor Regulation 2002 prohibited competitions involving drinking games and imposed restrictions on entertainment activities recognised as contributing to excessive and rapid consumption of alcohol.
"Binge drinking is a major contributor to alcohol-fuelled incidents in
and around licensed premises," Mrs Keech said.
"These new rules will apply after midnight Thursday 27-April to all pubs, clubs and restaurants licensed to trade after 1am in the Brisbane City Council area.
"The amendments aim to curb irresponsible drinking in licensed premises and significantly contribute to the safety of patrons, employees of licensed establishments and the community in the Brisbane City Council area.
"They build on steps previously taken to improve safety and which are already making a difference."
Examples of banned promotions include:
* promotions where participants are entitled to free or discounted liquor for the duration of an event, including "theme nights";
* promotional activities where premises offer free or discounted liquoras a prize for consumption on premises, including "buy one, get one free" promotions; and
* promotional activities that require people to drink more than four standard drinks in a day to win a prize.

The Regulation also specifies conditions under which licensees can host happy hours, limiting their duration and frequency as follows:
* a maximum duration of two hours prior to 9pm;
* a maximum duration of one hour between 9pm and 1am;
* no happy hours after 1am; and
* a minimum break of one hour between the end of one happy hour and the start of the next.
Mrs Keech said the amendments were part of Premier Peter Beattie's 17-Point Brisbane City Safety Action Plan, released on 1 March 2005, to address violence in and around licensed premises in the Brisbane CBD.
That plan included a statutory 3am lock-out, which was extended for a further 12 months from last Friday (April 21, 2006).

For further information visit www.liquor.qld.gov.au or call 3224 2064.



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